PRESS RELEASE: Child’s eye view of hillfort

A group of children from Holy Trinity C of E School, Oswestry, recently visited the “Hugging the Hillfort” exhibition to view their own artwork on display.

The year 3 pupils were delighted to see their paintings framed and on show in the town’s Willow Gallery alongside some 50 other artworks celebrating Old Oswestry.

Based on aerial views of the hillfort, the paintings have formed part of curriculum learning about the Iron Age Celts. They also graced the interior of Hermon Chapel during the Hillfort Hug Weekend in February which saw two days of events expressing local affection for the hillfort, organised by the HOOOH Community Group.

Teachers described it as a “great achievement” for the school to have artwork featured in the gallery as part of the community’s creative tribute to “The Stonehenge of the Iron Age”.

It was a children’s art workshop on the hillfort last summer that sowed the seeds of the Artists Hugging the Hillfort (AHH!) project which is staging a number of exhibitions in Oswestry through 2016.

TV personality, Griff Rhys Jones, helped youngsters hand-print banners during filming for his recent ITV1 series “Griff’s Great Britain”. The episode saw Griff discover the attractions of the Shropshire borders, stopping off to admire Old Oswestry which he described as “one of Britain’s top ten archaeological sites.”

“Hugging the Hillfort” runs in The Willow until May 21 alongside co-exhibition “Plants and Pollinators”, which explores important wildlife relationships sustaining our natural world.

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